Comparing This Year's State Times To The Previous Three Years

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Did the cold temperatures slow down times on Saturday compared to the past three years at Hereford? (Photo by John Roemer)

This year marked the fourth edition of the Maryland state cross country championships on the altered course at Hereford High School. Times on the new course have proven to be slightly faster than the old course, so while we can't compare times on the new course to times on the past course, we do have four years of data from the state meet.

Setting an arbitrary benchmark of the top 50 performers at the state meet, the following graphs show the comparison between the times from each of the past four seasons.


This year's results (highlighted in yellow) show that this year was possibly the deepest group of runners yet. The conditions were the coldest in recent memory, with temperatures barely climbing over freezing. Outside of the top ten, times seem to have gotten a little faster over the past two seasons. 2015 was the slowest season in terms of both the frontrunners (Dulaney's Eric Walz ran the fastest time of 16:04) and the depth. 2014 was all over the place, producing some of the fastest times (including Nick Fransham's course record) but the depth also tailed off towards 2015.



Girls times, at first glance, look to be more bunched up than the guys times, but the range on the y-axis is also much wider. The frontrunners from the 2016 state meet stand out, helping to reinforce the idea that last year's group of seniors was one of the best the state has ever seen (it doesn't even factor in a fast performance from future Foot Locker qualifier Julien Webster). 2014 (highlighted in blue) seems to be the fastest overall by a bit, especially between places 10 and 30, while this year's race was slowest by a bit between 5 and 20.

Neither of the course records went down this year! Maria Coffin's record has the feeling of one that may stand for a little while, and the 2016 race between her and Abigail Green might go down as one of the top races in Maryland state meet history. Nobody has touched Nick Fransham's record of 15:42, as only four guys went under 16 minutes this year. The fields have been closer to the boys record than the girls record in the past couple years so there's probably a better chance that the boys record falls first.

Top 50 Boys State Meet Times 2014-17

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
115:41.30
North Harford High School
2015
215:42.10
Wilde Lake High School
2015
315:49.10
Walt Whitman High School
2015
415:50.63
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
2018
515:54.56
Smithsburg High School
2017
615:56.00
Dulaney High School
2016
715:56.30
Northwest High School
2015
815:57.73
Severna Park High School
2019
915:59.19
Bel Air High School
2018
1015:59.92
Howard High School
2018
1116:00.65
Poolesville High School
2018
1216:02.91
River Hill High School
2017
1316:03.88
Eastern Tech High School
2017
1416:04.24
Richard Montgomery High School
2017
1516:06.68
Linganore High School
2017
1616:08.30
River Hill High School
2015
1716:09.17
Bohemia Manor High School
2019
1816:11.72
Richard Montgomery High School
2020
1916:11.94
Severna Park High School
2018
2016:12.58
Poolesville High School
2017
2116:12.99
South River High School
2017
2216:14.30
Severna Park High School
2015
2316:14.62
South River High School
2020
2416:14.81
Northern-Calvert High School
2016
2516:14.86
Linganore High School
2019
2616:14.89
South Hagerstown High School
2016
2716:16.30
Northwood High School
2016
2816:16.55
Calvert High School
2019
2916:18.22
Reservoir High School
2018
3016:19.89
Southern Garrett High School
2018
3116:20.80
Rockville High School
2015
3216:21.00
Milford Mill Academy
2015
3316:21.98
Liberty High School
2017
3416:22.56
Walt Whitman High School
2019
3516:23.82
Severna Park High School
2019
3616:24.13
Albert Einstein High School
2018
3716:24.20
Catoctin High School
2015
3816:24.92
River Hill High School
2017
3916:24.96
Dulaney High School
2016
4016:25.35
Westlake High School
2018
4116:25.93
River Hill High School
2016
4216:26.10
Bohemia Manor High School
2016
4316:26.40
Liberty High School
2019
4416:26.98
Severna Park High School
2018
4516:27.31
River Hill High School
2020
4616:28.33
Mt. Hebron High School
2017
4716:29.30
Walt Whitman High School
2015
4816:29.82
Severna Park High School
2016
4916:31.30
Severna Park High School
2015
5016:31.32
Severna Park High School
2016


Top 50 Girls State Meet Times 2014-17

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
117:49.38
Annapolis Senior High School
2017
217:54.40
Walter Johnson High School
2018
318:19.52
Patuxent High School
2017
418:39.90
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
2015
518:41.61
C. Milton Wright High School
2020
618:42.38
Hereford High School
2017
718:49.90
Liberty High School
2015
818:52.71
Northern-Calvert High School
2017
918:56.40
Annapolis Senior High School
2019
1018:56.90
Winston Churchill High School
2015
1118:57.30
Severna Park High School
2019
1219:00.00
Paint Branch High School
2016
1319:02.10
Urbana High School
2015
1419:04.40
Easton High School
2016
1519:06.32
Winston Churchill High School
2017
1619:07.67
Oakland Mills High School
2016
1719:08.66
North Point High School
2017
1819:10.60
Urbana High School
2016
1919:11.50
Thomas S. Wootton High School
2016
2019:13.19
Hereford High School
2016
2119:13.20
Leonardtown High School
2021
2219:14.30
Centennial High School
2015
2319:14.63
Walter Johnson High School
2016
2419:15.18
Great Mills High School
2017
2519:15.99
Northern-Calvert High School
2018
2619:16.30
Boonsboro High School
2016
2719:20.02
Hereford High School
2018
2819:20.10
Clarksburg High School
2015
2919:20.33
Mt. Hebron High School
2018
3019:21.28
Catoctin High School
2017
3119:23.35
Albert Einstein High School
2016
3219:25.49
Dulaney High School
2016
3319:27.40
Walter Johnson High School
2018
3319:27.40
Richard Montgomery High School
2016
3519:29.00
Marriotts Ridge High School
2015
3619:30.60
Urbana High School
2019
3719:33.20
Reservoir High School
2015
3819:36.00
Paint Branch High School
2018
3919:36.04
Thomas S. Wootton High School
2019
4019:37.70
Howard High School
2015
4119:37.90
Gov. Thomas Johnson High School
2017
4219:38.00
Walter Johnson High School
2017
4319:38.40
Middletown High School
2017
4419:40.44
Hereford High School
2019
4519:41.34
Howard High School
2017
4619:41.60
Manchester Valley High School
2015
4619:41.60
Broadneck Senior High School
2018
4819:41.78
Damascus High School
2018
4919:42.65
Broadneck Senior High School
2017
5019:42.84
River Hill High School
2018


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